Dr Roderick Thomas
Senior Lecturer
Telephone: (01792) 604709
Room: Office 309 - 309
Third Floor
School of Management
Bay Campus

Roderick Thomas has spent over 25 years in higher education and is currently sits on a number the IET committees including Regulation & Standards and Academic Accreditation. He is a Chartered Engineer (CEng, since 1998) and elected Fellow of the IET since 2005. Roderick is also an International Expert Witness in Condition Monitoring and a STEM Ambassador. He is a Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Engineering, North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, Johannesburg, South Africa. He is interested in operations and asset management, is currently supervising three PhD students in related areas, and is a member of the School of Management iLab Research Centre. He is an experienced external PhD examiner and developed a number of new modules at under and post-graduate levels.

He has a PhD in Integrated Condition Monitoring, a Master of Education and aMaster of Philosophy in Predictive Machine Failure. He has also served a 4-year technical apprenticeship with a large manufacturing company.

Previously Roderick was Conference Chairman and Organiser QRM (Quality Reliability and Maintenance) an International Biennial Condition Monitoring Conference hosted at St. Edmund Hall, University of Oxford and co-sponsored by the IMechE and the IET. The QRM Proceedings have been published since 1998 and have published in excess of 300 papers including Asset Management, Operations Management, Condition Monitoring Management and Innovation management etc.

He is author of a number of books including the Thermography Handbook published in Oxford, UK, by Coxmoor Publishers. He has written over 40 journal papers and chapters in a number of reference textbooks. He is Technical Industrial Editor, Thermology International Journal, Guest Editor Quality Reliability Engineering International Journal published by Wiley. More recently, Roderick has co-authored journal articles in a number of journals including Creating Entrepreneurial Space: Talking through Multi voices, reflections on emerging debates (Emerald, 2019).

He is passionate about the pastoral and academic care of all his students.

Areas of Expertise

  • Asset Management
  • Operational Management
  • Condition Monitoring
  • Predictive Maintenance


  1. Thomas, R. Intelligent Asset Management and Infrared Thermography Proceedings of the 31st International Congress and Exhibition on Condition Monitoring and Diagnostic Engineering Management 1 1 i 389
  2. Malik, T., Clement, R., Gethin, D., Krawszik, W., Parker, A., Thomas, R., Clement, M. Infrared study of dew harvesting cacti spines Thermology International 25 1 7 13
  3. Kleynhans, R., van Vuuren, P., Thomas, R. Condition monitoring thermal properties of a 20A hydraulic-magnetic MCB Proceedings of the 31st International Congress and Exhibition on Condition Monitoring and Diagnostic Engineering Management (COMADEM) 79 88
  4. Ring, E., Hartmann, J., Ammer, K., Thomas, R., Land, D., Hand, J., Thomas, R. Infrared and Microwave Medical Thermometry (Ed.), Radiometric Temperature Measurements: II. Applications 393 448 Amsterdam Elsevier
  5. Thomas, R. Industrial applications of infrared thermography

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  • MN-1518 Operations Management

    This module is designed to introduce students to contemporary issues encountered by operations managers and directors of public and private organisations as well as the theoretical conceptualisations that underlie the framing of said issues.

  • MN-M044 Asset Management

    For an organisation to produce and deliver goods and / or services, efficient management of resources ¿ or its tangible and intangible assets - is a key aspect. Asset management is therefore an essential management skill that extends beyond core kills such as operations and financial management. It facilitates the skills of value capture and creation, as well as effective value maintenance. This module introduces key principles, conceptual tools and qualitative as well as quantitative techniques that can be applied to a variety of organisational contexts.

  • MN-M525 Project Management

    This module is intended to provide students with a thorough understanding of the project management process and the ability to undertake management of projects in practice. This includes the use of computer based project management software for planning and control.


  • Data Driven Pre-Sales Effort for Quoting (current)

    Other supervisor: Mr Alan Price
  • A qualitative investigation of industrial sludge samples using hyphenated mass spectrometry (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Ruth Godfrey
  • How to increase the efficiency of a complex distribution chain (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Gareth Davies
  • The Economics of Aircraft Life (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Gareth Davies
    Other supervisor: Dr Daniele Doneddu
    Other supervisor: Prof Nicholas Rich
  • Managerial Responses to Negative Online Reviews: Social Media Analytics Approach (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Nick Hajli